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Secondary Means of Escape - 3rd Floor Apartment

Question asked by Joe Williams on Feb 7, 2018
Latest reply on Feb 8, 2018 by rfdacm02
  • I have a 3rd floor apartment, approximately 500 Sq. feet with currently one primary egress/means of escape, being an exterior wood stair from the apartment door to grade. The sleeping room window is non-compliant for an escape window.
  • NFPA 101 (2012) - Means of escape for Existing apartment dwelling units must comply with chapter 24.2 for one and two family dwellings. 
  • 24.2.2.1.2 states:
    • A secondary means of escape shall not be required
      where one of the following conditions is met:
      (1) The bedroom or living area has a door leading directly
      to the outside of the building at or to the finished ground
      level.
      (2) The dwelling unit is protected throughout by an approved
      automatic sprinkler system in accordance with
      24.3.5. 
  • The question posed by the property owner is: Can I convert the 3rd floor apartment to a "studio" apartment (no separate bedroom) in order to meet option (1) of this exception?

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